The Common Good

Brian McLaren's Books of the Year

Brian McLaren

In 2006 I read so many excellent books, old and new. Here are about 20 of my favorites ... in no order of importance:

Fiction:
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
My Name is Asher Lev, by Chaim Potok

Nonfiction:
A Passion for Islam, by Caryle Murphy
No God But God, by Reza Aslan
The Great Turning, by David C. Korten
Beyond Growth, by Herman E. Daly
A Framework for Understanding Poverty, by Ruby K. Payne
Our Endangered Values, by Jimmy Carter
War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, by Chris Hedges

Poetry by:
Wendell Berry
Denise Levertov
Mary Oliver

Biography:
Chronicles, by Bob Dylan

Theology:
Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, by Leonardo Boff
Christ the Liberator, by Jon Sobrino
A Future for Africa, by Emmanuel M. Katongole
Sex and the Single Savior, by Dale . B Martin
Jesus and Empire, by Richard A. Horsley
God and Empire, John Dominic Crossan
How (not) to Speak of God, by Peter Rollins

Spirituality:
Irresistable Revolution, by Shane Claiborne

There have been many other good books too, but it's hard to know when to stop! The best of the best, for me, was Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, by Leonardo Boff. It filled my mind and heart with worship.

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